Argentina national football team


Argentina national football team
Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Albiceleste (The White and Sky blue)
Association Asociación del Fútbol Argentino
(Argentine Football Association)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Alejandro Sabella
Captain Lionel Messi
Most caps Javier Zanetti (145)
Top scorer Gabriel Batistuta (56)
Home stadium

El Monumental, Mario A. Kempes,

Estadio Único
FIFA code ARG
FIFA ranking 10
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 24 (August 1996)
Elo ranking 7
Highest Elo ranking 1 (most recently in July 2007, 34 times in total)
Lowest Elo ranking 28 (June 1990)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Unofficial:  Uruguay 2–3  Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)[1]
Official:  Uruguay 0–6  Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)[1]
Biggest win
 Argentina 12–0 Ecuador 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
Biggest defeat

 Czechoslovakia 6–1 Argentina 
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 15 June 1958)
 Uruguay 5–0 Argentina 
(Guayaquil, Ecuador; 16 December 1959)
 Argentina 0–5 Colombia 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 September 1993)

 Bolivia 6–1 Argentina 
(La Paz, Bolivia; 1 April 2009)
World Cup
Appearances 15 (First in 1930)
Best result Winners, 1978 and 1986
Copa América
Appearances 38 (First in 1916)
Best result Winners, 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1992)
Best result Winners, 1992

The Argentina national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Argentina) represents Argentina in association football and is controlled by the Argentine Football Association (AFA), the governing body for football in Argentina. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti and their head coach is Alejandro Sabella. Argentina has won the Copa América tournament 14 times. The team is currently tenth in the FIFA World Rankings.[3]

Argentina has twice won the FIFA World Cup, in 1978 and 1986. Along with Brazil and Spain, they are the only teams that have won the competition outside their continental zone. Argentina has also won the Copa América (top continental competition) 14 times, the Confederations Cup in 1992 and the Olympic tournament in 2004 and 2008.

Argentina and France are the only two national teams that have won the three most important men's titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament. They have both also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina, and UEFA European Football Championship for France).[4][5]

Contents

History

La Selección (national team), also known as the Albicelestes (Sky blue and whites), has appeared in four World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4–2 to Uruguay. Argentina won in their next final in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3–1. Argentina, led by Diego Maradona won again in 1986, a 3–2 victory over West Germany. Their most recent World Cup final was in 1990, which they lost 1–0 to Germany by a much disputed penalty. Argentina's World Cup winning managers are César Luis Menotti in 1978, and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.

Argentina has been very successful in the Copa América, winning it fourteen times and also winning the 'extra' South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946. The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, and an Argentine team (with only three players of over 23 years of age included in the squad) won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.[6]

Argentina also won six of the fourteen football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995 and 2003.

In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time.[7]

World Cup 1978

Argentina entered the 1978 World Cup and was placed in Group A and finished second in their group behind Italy. Since Argentina finished second in their group they were eligible to advance onto the second round. In the second round Argentina was placed in Group 1 with their South American rivals, Brazil. In their first game, Argentina beat Poland 2-0, with both goals from Mario Kempes. Their next game was against South American powerhouse Brazil in which the game ended with a 0-0 draw. Their last second round group game was against Peru in which Argentina easily defeated with a 6-0 win. Argentina were able to edge out Brazil in the group and went onto the finals.

Argentina faced the Netherlands in the 1978 World Cup final. Mario Kempes gave Argentina a lead in the 38th minute but the Dutch were able to respond in the 82 minute with a goal of their own. The game went to extra time and Mario Kempes once again gave the Argentinians a lead and Daniel Bertoni added another goal which sealed the win for Argentina. Argentina became the second South American team to win the World Cup at their home country.

World Cup 1986

Diego Maradona with the World Cup obtained in 1986.

After failing to reach the semi-finals in the 1982 World Cup, Argentina entered the 1986 World Cup with hope because of one player, Diego Maradona. Argentina was placed in Group A alongside Italy, Bulgaria, and South Korea. In their first game, Argentina was able to beat South Korea 3-1. Their second game was against Italy a tougher opponent. Italy was able to take lead in the 6th minute but Diego Maradona responded with a goal in the 34th minute. The game later ended with a 1-1 draw. Their last group game was against Bulgaria which resulted in a 2-0 Argentina win.

Argentina entered the Round of 16 against their South American rival, Uruguay. The game ended in a 1-0 win for Argentina. Next, Argentina moved on to the quarter-finals playing England. The game started very evenly, with both teams getting chances to score but none were able to finish. The first-half ended with Argentina having the majority of possession but unable to get pass a tough defense. Six minutes following the second half Diego Maradona scored a controversial goal in which he used his hand; dubbed the Hand of God. The goal began with a defensive error from Steve Hodge who passed the ball incorrectly back to the goalkeeper, Peter Shilton. At that time Diego Maradona was still continuing his run and reached the ball first and netted it in with his left fist. After the goal, Maradona encouraged his teammates to embrace the goal so the referee would allow it. After just four minutes from the Hand of God goal, Diego Maradona scored a goal in which people called "The Goal of the Century" because of the individual effort of Maradona. Maradona passed five English midfielders and dribbled around the goalkeeper and scored the goal. Argentina beat England, 2-1. Argentina defeated Belgium 2-0 in the semi finals to advance to the finals with West Germany. Argentina won a thrilling game in which they won their second World Cup title. Jose Luis Brown opened the scoring for Argentina. Argentina increased the lead with a goal from Jorge Valdano. Germany started a comeback with goals from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Voller which evened the game at 2-2. Jorge Burruchaga scored the winning goal in the 83rd minute giving Argentina a 3-2 victory over Germany.

World Cup 2006

Argentina had been eliminated at the group stage at Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup, although they had been among the pre-tournament favorites. There was a high expectation of a better performance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

Argentina qualified for the knockout stages with wins over Ivory Coast (2–1) and Serbia and Montenegro (6–0), and a 0–0 draw with the Netherlands.

In the round of sixteen, Argentina defeated Mexico 2–1 in extra-time, the winning goal by Maxi Rodríguez winning an online poll organized by FIFA, as the best goal of the World Cup.[8] In the quarter final, they lost 4–2 in a penalty shootout against hosts Germany after a 1–1 draw. A brawl erupted between the Argentines and Germans after the game ended. Unused substitute Leandro Cufré was sent off for kicking Per Mertesacker, while Maxi Rodríguez hit Bastian Schweinsteiger from behind. Following an investigation of video evidence, FIFA doled out 4-game and 2-game suspensions for Cufre and Rodriguez, respectively. Germany's Torsten Frings was suspended for the semifinal match for punching Julio Ricardo Cruz.

Shortly after the elimination, coach José Pekerman resigned from his position. AFA appointed Alfio Basile, who had previously managed the national side during the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Copa América 2007

Argentina won all three games in the group stage, beating United States, Colombia and Paraguay. After convincing victories over Peru and Mexico in the quarter final and semi final respectively, they were favorites to beat Brazil in the final, but were defeated 0–3.

World Cup 2010

Prior to the World Cup, Diego Maradona was appointed head coach. Argentina was placed in Group B in the 2010 World Cup and won all their games in that group. Their first game was against Nigeria, Argentina netted a goal in the 6th minute but struggled to add another one throughout the game. The game ended with a 1–0 victory for Argentina. Their second game was against South Korea. This time Argentina was able to find the net more easily with a hat trick from Gonzalo Higuaín and a own goal from the opposing team. Argentina won the game 4–1. Argentina's last group game was against Greece in which they won 2–0.

Argentina then advanced to the Round of 16 and played Mexico. The game started with controversy when Carlos Tévez headed a ball from Lionel Messi for a goal. Replay clearly shows that Carlos Tevez was offside. Eventually, Argentina beat Mexico 3–1 to advance to the quarter-finals. In a much hyped game Argentina was shocked after Germany thrashed them with a 4-0 win. Thomas Müller opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, Miroslav Klose had a brace, and Arne Friedrich netted a goal as well. Their 4–0 loss to Germany marked the end of Argentina in the 2010 World Cup.

Copa America 2011

The 2011 Copa America was the first major tournament for new coach Sergio Batista. Argentina started the 2011 Copa America with a shocking 1–1 tie against underdogs Bolivia. In their second game, they had a goalless draw against Colombia in Santa Fe but went on to win their third game 3–0 against Costa Rica.

Argentina was to play Uruguay in the quarterfinals. After going down in 5 minutes to a Diego Pérez goal, Gonzalo Higuain equalized in the 17th minute. The score remained unchanged and Argentina lost 5–4 in a penalty shootout with a miss from Carlos Tevez.

After the elimination, coach Sergio Batista was sacked, to be replaced by former Estudiantes coach Alejandro Sabella.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 18 9
Italy 1934 First round 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3
1938 to 1954 Withdrew
Sweden 1958 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 10 4 3 0 1 10 2
Chile 1962 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 11 3
England 1966 Quarter-final 5th 4 2 1 1 4 2 4 3 1 0 9 2
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 4 6
West Germany 1974 Second group stage 8th 6 1 2 3 9 12 4 3 1 0 9 2
Argentina 1978 Champions 1st 7 5 1 1 15 4
Spain 1982 Second group stage 11th 5 2 0 3 8 7
Mexico 1986 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 14 5 6 4 1 1 12 6
Italy 1990 Runners-up 2nd 7 2 3 2 5 4
United States 1994 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 8 6 8 4 2 2 9 10
France 1998 Quarter-final 6th 5 3 1 1 10 4 16 8 6 2 23 13
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 2 2 18 13 4 1 42 15
Germany 2006 Quarter-final 6th 5 3 2 0 11 3 18 10 4 4 29 17
South Africa 2010 Quarter-final 5th 5 4 0 1 10 6 18 8 4 6 23 20
Total 2 Titles 15/19 70 37 13 20 123 80 102 59 24 19 161 96
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 7 1
Saudi Arabia 1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 5 3
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003 Withdrew from 2001 Copa América[9]
Germany 2005 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 10 10
South Africa 2009 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 To Be Determined
Qatar 2021
Total Champions 3/9 10 5 3 2 22 14
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Copa América

Copa América
Total: 14 Titles
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1916 Second place 1939 Withdrew 1967 Second place
1917 Second place 1941 Champions 1975 Round 1
1919 Third place 1942 Second place 1979 Round 1
1920 Second place 1945 Champions 1983 Round 1
1921 Champions 1946 Champions 1987 Fourth place
1922 Fourth place 1947 Champions 1989 Third place
1923 Second place 1949 Withdrew 1991 Champions
1924 Second place 1953 Withdrew 1993 Champions
1925 Champions 1955 Champions 1995 Quarter-finals
1926 Second place 1956 Third place 1997 Quarter-finals
1927 Champions 1957 Champions 1999 Quarter-finals
1929 Champions 1959 Champions 2001 Withdrew
1935 Second place 1959 Second place 2004 Second place
1937 Champions 1963 Third place 2007 Second place
2011 Quarter-finals

Pan American Games record

  • 1951Champions
  • 1955Champions
  • 1959Champions
  • 1963 – Second place
  • 1967 – Round 1
  • 1971Champions
  • 1975 – Third place
  • 1979 – Third place
  • 1983 – Round 1
  • 1987 – Third place
  • 1991Did not enter
  • 1995Champions
  • 1999Did not enter
  • 2003Champions
  • 2007 – Round 1
  • 2011 – Second place

Olympics record

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1896 No football tournament
19001920 Did not participate
1924 Did not qualify
1928 Runners-up 2 5 3 1 1 24 7
1932 No football tournament
19361956 Did not qualify
1960 Round 1 - 3 2 0 1 6 4
1964 Round 1 - 2 0 1 1 3 4
19681984 Did not qualify
1988 Quarter-finals - 4 1 1 2 4 5
1992 Did not qualify
1996 Runners-up 2 6 3 2 1 13 6
2000 Did not qualify
2004 Champions 1 6 6 0 0 17 0
2008 Champions 1 6 6 0 0 11 2
2012 Did not qualify
Total 7/25 2 Titles 32 21 5 6 78 28

Honours

Senior team

  • Winners (1): 1992
  • Winners (1): 1993
  • Winners (1): 1964

Friendly titles

  • Copa Roca:
    • Winners (4): 1923, 1939, 1940, 1971
  • Copa Lipton:
    • Winners (18): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1962, 1968, 1976, 1992
  • Copa Newton:
    • Winners (17): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1916, 1918, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1957, 1973, 1975, 1976

Olympic team

A selection with limited team selection (only 3 players over 23 years could be included in the squad), won the following honours. The matches in these tournaments are generally not included in the statistics of the national team.

Kit

1901–1910
1911–present

Managers

1. Angel Vázquez (1924–1925)
2. José Lago Millán (1927–1928)
3. Francisco Olazar (1928–1929)
4. Olazar & Tramutola (1929–1930)
5. Felipe Pascucci (1934–1934)
6. Manuel Seoane (1934–1937)
7. Ángel Fernández Roca (1937–1939)
8. Guillermo Stábile (1939–1960)
9. Victorio Spinetto (1960–1961)
10. José D'Amico (1961–1961)

11. Juan Carlos Lorenzo (1962–1963)
12. Alejandro Galán (1963–1963)
13. Horacio Amable Torres (1963–1964)
14. José María Minella (1964–1968)
15. Renato Cesarini (1968–1968)
16. Humberto Dionisio Maschio (1968–1969)
17. Adolfo Pedernera (1969–1969)
18. Juan José Pizzuti (1969–1972)
19. Enrique Omar Sívori (1972–1974)
20. Vladislao Cap (1974–1974)

21. César Luis Menotti (1974–1983)
22. Carlos Bilardo (1983–1990)
23. Alfio Basile (1990–1994)
24. Daniel Passarella (1994–1998)
25. Marcelo Bielsa (1998–2004)
26. José Pekerman (2004–2006)
27. Alfio Basile (2006–2008)
28. Diego Maradona (2008–2010)
29. Sergio Batista (2010–2011)
30. Alejandro Sabella (2011–present)

Current coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Alejandro Sabella
Assistant managers Julián Camino, Claudio Gugnali
Fitness coach Pablo Blanco
Goalkeeping coach Juan José Romero
Physicians Dr. Daniel Martínez, Dr. Alejandro Rolón
Physical therapists Luis García, Rubén Araguas

Last updated: 30 August 2011
Source: AFA

Results and Fixtures

2011 Copa América Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Colombia 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7
 Argentina 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3 5
 Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
 Bolivia 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1

Recent and forthcoming matches

Argentina line-up at a friendly match vs. Portugal in Geneva, February 2011.

see also 2010–11 Argentina national team results.
see also 2011–12 Argentina national team results.

Head to head

Players

Current squad

The following 24 players were called for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches to be played against Bolivia and Colombia on 11 and 15 November 2011, respectively.[15] Caps and goals updated as of November 15, 2011.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Sergio Romero February 22, 1987 (1987-02-22) (age 24) 25 0 Italy Sampdoria
12 GK Mariano Andújar July 30, 1983 (1983-07-30) (age 28) 8 0 Italy Catania
21 GK Agustín Orión July 26, 1981 (1981-07-26) (age 30) 2 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
2 DF Martín Demichelis December 20, 1980 (1980-12-20) (age 30) 37 2 Spain Málaga
3 DF Pablo Zabaleta January 16, 1985 (1985-01-16) (age 26) 21 0 England Manchester City
4 DF Nicolás Burdisso April 12, 1981 (1981-04-12) (age 30) 49 2 Italy Roma
6 DF Leandro Desábato January 24, 1979 (1979-01-24) (age 32) 3 0 Argentina Estudiantes
13 DF Luciano Monzón April 13, 1987 (1987-04-13) (age 24) 7 0 France Nice
15 DF Clemente Rodríguez July 31, 1981 (1981-07-31) (age 30) 15 1 Argentina Boca Juniors
18 DF Federico Fernández February 21, 1989 (1989-02-21) (age 22) 5 1 Italy Napoli
24 DF Marcos Rojo March 20, 1990 (1990-03-20) (age 21) 9 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
5 MF Fernando Gago April 10, 1986 (1986-04-10) (age 25) 35 0 Italy Roma
8 MF José Ernesto Sosa June 19, 1985 (1985-06-19) (age 26) 13 1 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv
11 MF Ricardo Álvarez April 12, 1988 (1988-04-12) (age 23) 3 0 Italy Internazionale
14 MF Javier Mascherano June 8, 1984 (1984-06-08) (age 27) 78 2 Spain Barcelona
17 MF Pablo Guiñazú August 26, 1978 (1978-08-26) (age 33) 6 0 Brazil Internacional
19 MF Nicolás Gaitán February 23, 1988 (1988-02-23) (age 23) 6 0 Portugal Benfica
22 MF Rodrigo Braña March 7, 1979 (1979-03-07) (age 32) 3 0 Argentina Estudiantes
23 MF Javier Pastore June 20, 1989 (1989-06-20) (age 22) 13 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
7 FW Ezequiel Lavezzi May 3, 1985 (1985-05-03) (age 26) 16 2 Italy Napoli
9 FW Gonzalo Higuaín December 10, 1987 (1987-12-10) (age 23) 22 12 Spain Real Madrid
10 FW Lionel Messi (Captain) June 24, 1987 (1987-06-24) (age 24) 66 19 Spain Barcelona
16 FW Sergio Agüero June 2, 1988 (1988-06-02) (age 23) 33 14 England Manchester City
20 FW Germán Denis September 10, 1981 (1981-09-10) (age 30) 5 0 Italy Atalanta

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest Call-up
GK Marcelo Barovero February 12, 1984 (1984-02-12) (age 27) 0 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
GK Esteban Andrada January 26, 1991 (1991-01-26) (age 20) 0 0 Argentina Lanús v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly) (withdrew)
GK Juan Pablo Carrizo May 6, 1984 (1984-05-06) (age 27) 12 0 Italy Lazio 2011 Copa América
GK Adrián Gabbarini October 10, 1985 (1985-10-10) (age 26) 3 0 Argentina Independiente v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
GK Oscar Ustari July 3, 1986 (1986-07-03) (age 25) 1 0 Spain Getafe v.  Nigeria, June 1, 2011 (Friendly)
GK Agustín Marchesín March 16, 1988 (1988-03-16) (age 23) 1 0 Argentina Lanús v.  Ecuador, April 20, 2011 (Friendly)
GK Javier García January 29, 1987 (1987-01-29) (age 24) 1 0 Argentina Tigre v.  Venezuela, March 16, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Nicolás Otamendi February 12, 1988 (1988-02-12) (age 23) 15 1 Portugal Porto v.  Venezuela, October 11, 2011 (2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
DF Emiliano Insúa January 7, 1989 (1989-01-07) (age 22) 4 0 Portugal Sporting v.  Venezuela, October 11, 2011 (2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
DF Nicolás Pareja January 19, 1984 (1984-01-19) (age 27) 1 0 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Venezuela, October 11, 2011 (2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
DF Jonathan Bottinelli September 14, 1984 (1984-09-14) (age 27) 3 0 Argentina San Lorenzo v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Christian Cellay September 5, 1981 (1981-09-05) (age 30) 2 0 Argentina Estudiantes v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Sebastián Domínguez July 29, 1981 (1981-07-29) (age 30) 4 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Emiliano Papa April 19, 1982 (1982-04-19) (age 29) 8 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Iván Pillud April 24, 1986 (1986-04-24) (age 25) 5 0 Argentina Racing v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Germán Ré November 2, 1981 (1981-11-02) (age 30) 0 0 Argentina Estudiantes v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Lisandro E. López September 1, 1989 (1989-09-01) (age 22) 2 0 Argentina Arsenal v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Cristian Ansaldi March 20, 1986 (1986-03-20) (age 25) 2 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Nigeria, September 6, 2011 (Friendly) (withdrew)
DF Ezequiel Garay October 10, 1986 (1986-10-10) (age 25) 3 0 Portugal Benfica v.  Nigeria, September 6, 2011 (Friendly) (withdrew)
DF Gabriel Milito September 7, 1980 (1980-09-07) (age 31) 42 1 Argentina Independiente 2011 Copa América
DF Javier Zanetti August 10, 1973 (1973-08-10) (age 38) 145 5 Italy Internazionale 2011 Copa América
DF Federico Fazio March 17, 1987 (1987-03-17) (age 24) 2 0 Spain Sevilla v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Mateo Musacchio August 26, 1990 (1990-08-26) (age 21) 2 0 Spain Villareal v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Marcos Angeleri April 7, 1983 (1983-04-07) (age 28) 4 0 England Sunderland v.  Nigeria, June 1, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Ismael Quílez October 2, 1988 (1988-10-02) (age 23) 2 0 Argentina Colón v.  Paraguay, May 25, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Julián Velázquez October 23, 1990 (1990-10-23) (age 21) 1 0 Argentina Independiente v.  Paraguay, May 25, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Jonathan Maidana July 29, 1985 (1985-07-29) (age 26) 2 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Ecuador, April 20, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Gastón Díaz March 13, 1988 (1988-03-13) (age 23) 1 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Venezuela, March 16, 2011 (Friendly)
DF Fernando Tobio October 18, 1989 (1989-10-18) (age 22) 0 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Venezuela, March 16, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Éver Banega June 29, 1988 (1988-06-29) (age 23) 14 0 Spain Valencia v.  Bolivia, November 11, 2011 (2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
MF Ángel di María February 14, 1988 (1988-02-14) (age 23) 27 5 Spain Real Madrid v.  Bolivia, November 11, 2011 (2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
MF Jonás Gutiérrez July 5, 1983 (1983-07-05) (age 28) 22 1 England Newcastle United v.  Venezuela, October 11, 2011 (2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
MF Fabián Rinaudo May 15, 1987 (1987-05-15) (age 24) 4 0 Portugal Sporting v.  Venezuela, October 11, 11 (2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
MF Mario Bolatti February 17, 1985 (1985-02-17) (age 26) 12 1 Brazil Internacional v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Héctor Canteros March 15, 1989 (1989-03-15) (age 22) 2 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Cristian Chávez June 16, 1986 (1986-06-16) (age 25) 4 1 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Augusto Fernández April 10, 1986 (1986-04-10) (age 25) 2 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Walter Montillo April 14, 1984 (1984-04-14) (age 27) 1 0 Brazil Cruzeiro v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Agustín Pelletieri May 17, 1982 (1982-05-17) (age 29) 0 0 Argentina Racing v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Andrés D'Alessandro April 15, 1981 (1981-04-15) (age 30) 25 3 Brazil Internacional v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly) (withdrew)
MF Lucas Castro April 9, 1989 (1989-04-09) (age 22) 0 0 Argentina Racing v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Diego Villar April 24, 1981 (1981-04-24) (age 30) 0 0 Argentina Godoy Cruz v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Víctor Zapata January 20, 1979 (1979-01-20) (age 32) 2 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Juan Román Riquelme June 24, 1978 (1978-06-24) (age 33) 51 17 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly) (withdrew)
MF Diego Valeri May 1, 1986 (1986-05-01) (age 25) 3 0 Argentina Lanús v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly) (withdrew)
MF Juan Sebastián Verón March 9, 1975 (1975-03-09) (age 36) 73 9 Argentina Estudiantes v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly) (withdrew)
MF Lucho González January 19, 1981 (1981-01-19) (age 30) 44 7 France Marseille v.  Nigeria, September 6, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Lucas Biglia January 30, 1986 (1986-01-30) (age 25) 6 0 Belgium Anderlecht 2011 Copa América
MF Esteban Cambiasso August 18, 1980 (1980-08-18) (age 31) 52 5 Italy Internazionale 2011 Copa América
MF Enzo Pérez February 22, 1986 (1986-02-22) (age 25) 5 2 Portugal Benfica 2011 Copa América (preliminary squad)
MF Fernando Belluschi September 10, 1983 (1983-09-10) (age 28) 5 0 Portugal Porto v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Nicolás Bertolo January 2, 1986 (1986-01-02) (age 25) 2 0 Italy Palermo v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Alejandro Cabral September 11, 1987 (1987-09-11) (age 24) 2 0 Argentina Vélez Sársfield v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Alberto Costa January 9, 1985 (1985-01-09) (age 26) 1 0 Spain Valencia v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Mauro Formica April 4, 1988 (1988-04-04) (age 23) 1 0 England Blackburn Rovers v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Diego Perotti July 26, 1988 (1988-07-26) (age 23) 2 0 Spain Sevilla v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Erik Lamela March 4, 1992 (1992-03-04) (age 19) 1 0 Italy Roma v.  Paraguay, May 25, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Ariel Rojas January 16, 1986 (1986-01-16) (age 25) 3 0 Argentina Godoy Cruz v.  Paraguay, May 25, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Luciano Aued March 1, 1987 (1987-03-01) (age 24) 2 1 Argentina Racing v.  Ecuador, April 20, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Claudio Yacob July 18, 1987 (1987-07-18) (age 24) 2 1 Argentina Racing v.  Ecuador, April 20, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Maximiliano Moralez February 26, 1987 (1987-02-26) (age 24) 1 0 Italy Atalanta v.  Venezuela, March 16, 2011 (Friendly)
MF Franco Razzotti February 6, 1985 (1985-02-06) (age 26) 1 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Venezuela, March 16, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Rodrigo Palacio February 5, 1982 (1982-02-05) (age 29) 9 1 Italy Genoa v.  Venezuela, October 11, 2011 (2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
FW Eduardo Salvio July 13, 1990 (1990-07-13) (age 21) 4 0 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Venezuela, October 11, 2011 (2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying)
FW Emanuel Gigliotti May 20, 1987 (1987-05-20) (age 24) 1 0 Argentina San Lorenzo v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Gabriel Hauche November 27, 1986 (1986-11-27) (age 24) 5 3 Argentina Racing v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Pablo Mouche October 11, 1987 (1987-10-11) (age 24) 5 2 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Lucas Viatri March 29, 1987 (1987-03-29) (age 24) 3 0 Argentina Boca Juniors v.  Brazil, September 28, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Mauro Boselli May 22, 1985 (1985-05-22) (age 26) 4 1 Argentina Estudiantes v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Gastón Fernández October 12, 1983 (1983-10-12) (age 28) 0 0 Argentina Estudiantes v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Juan Manuel Martínez October 25, 1985 (1985-10-25) (age 26) 2 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Diego Morales November 29, 1986 (1986-11-29) (age 24) 1 0 Argentina Tigre v.  Brazil, September 14, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Lisandro López March 2, 1983 (1983-03-02) (age 28) 7 1 France Lyon v.  Nigeria, September 6, 2011 (Friendly) (withdrew)
FW Diego Milito June 12, 1979 (1979-06-12) (age 32) 24 4 Italy Internazionale 2011 Copa América
FW Carlos Tévez February 5, 1984 (1984-02-05) (age 27) 62 13 England Manchester City 2011 Copa América
FW Jonathan Cristaldo March 5, 1989 (1989-03-05) (age 22) 1 0 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Franco Jara July 15, 1988 (1988-07-15) (age 23) 4 1 Spain Granada v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Pablo Piatti March 31, 1989 (1989-03-31) (age 22) 1 0 Spain Valencia v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Marco Ruben October 26, 1986 (1986-10-26) (age 25) 1 1 Spain Villareal v.  Poland, June 5, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Mauricio Sperdutti February 16, 1986 (1986-02-16) (age 25) 2 0 Argentina Newell's Old Boys v.  Paraguay, May 25, 2011 (Friendly)
FW Matías Defederico August 23, 1989 (1989-08-23) (age 22) 2 1 Argentina Independiente v.  Venezuela, March 16, 2011 (Friendly)

Previous squads

FIFA World Cup
Copa America
Confederations Cup

Most capped players

As of November 15, 2011, the ten players with the most caps for Argentina are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Javier Zanetti 1994–present 145 5
2. Roberto Ayala 1994–2007 115 7
3. Diego Simeone 1988–2002 106 11
4. Oscar Ruggeri 1983–1994 97 7
5. Diego Maradona 1977–1994 91 34
6. Ariel Ortega 1993–2010 87 17
7. Gabriel Batistuta 1991–2002 78 56
Javier Mascherano 2003–present 78 2
9 Juan Pablo Sorín 1995–2006 76 12
10 Américo Gallego 1975–1982 73 3
Juan Sebastián Verón 1996–2010 73 9

Top goalscorers

As of November 15, 2011, the ten players with the most goals for Argentina are:

# Name Career Goals Caps
1. Gabriel Batistuta 1991–2002 56 78
2. Hernán Crespo 1995–2007 35 63
3. Diego Maradona 1977–1994 34 91
4. Luis Artime 1961–1967 24 25
5. Leopoldo Luque 1975–1981 22 45
Daniel Passarella 1976–1986 22 70
7. José Sanfilippo 1956–1962 21 29
Herminio Masantonio 1935–1942 21 19
9. Mario Kempes 1973–1982 20 43
10 Norberto Méndez 1945–1956 19 31
José Manuel Moreno 1936–1950 19 34
Lionel Messi 2005-present 19 66

Notable players

This section lists players who have appeared in 50 matches or scored at least 10 goals for Argentina.

Facts

1964 line-up for the Nations' Cup
  • Argentina and Uruguay hold the record for the most international matches played between two countries.[1] The two teams have faced each other 198 times since 1901. The first match against Uruguay was the first official international match to be played outside the United Kingdom.[16]
  • Marcelo Trobbiani was a member of the Argentina World Cup squad in 1986, but he only managed two minutes of play in the entire tournament, he came on in the 88th minute of the World Cup Final against West Germany. This two minutes of football equalled the world record for the shortest World Cup career set by Tunisia's Khemais Labidi in 1978.
  • In the 2006 World Cup Leandro Cufré was given a red card and sent off after the end of the Quarter Final game with Germany for his part in the brawl after the match, even though he was a substitute and had not participated in the game itself. It is the only occasion of a player being sent off in a FIFA World Cup match after the final whistle. Four years earlier, in the 2002 World Cup Claudio Caniggia was sent off for swearing at a match official from the substitute bench.

Jersey gallery

See also

Notes

1.^ The match between Uruguay and Argentina on 16 May 1901 was organized by Uruguayan club Albion, from whom the team, reinforced with players from rival club Nacional, was selected. The match ended 2–3 in favor of the Argentines. However, since clubs are not allowed to organize official international matches, the match is not considered official.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b Pelayes, Héctor Darío (24 September 2010). "ARGENTINA-URUGUAY Matches 1902–2009". RSSSF. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesa/argurures.html. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  2. ^ After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
  3. ^ FIFA.com – The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking
  4. ^ FIFA.com – Argentina on FIFA.com
  5. ^ FIFA.com – Tournaments
  6. ^ "Football gold for Argentina". BBC News. August 28, 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympics_2004/football/3607296.stm. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ FIFA.com – Argentina first for first time
  8. ^ http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/bgt.html
  9. ^ Did Not Qualify through 2002 FIFA World Cup
  10. ^ a b "Lista de convocados para los amistosos ante Venezuela y Nigeria". AFA. http://www.afa.org.ar/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14876:lista-de-convocados-para-los-amistosos-ante-venezuela-y-costa-rica&catid=164:seleccion-mayor&Itemid=66. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Sabella pone en marcha dos selecciones". FIFA. http://es.fifa.com/worldfootball/news/newsid=1495080.html. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Brasil y Argentina se enfrentarán en septiembre". FIFA. http://es.fifa.com/worldfootball/news/newsid=1486247.html. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Acreditaciones de prensa para Argentina-Brasil". AFA. http://www.afa.org.ar/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14928:acreditaciones-de-prensa-para-argentina-brasil&catid=164:seleccion-mayor&Itemid=66. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Belém vai receber Brasil x Argentina, sem 'estrangeiros', em setembro". O Globo. http://globoesporte.globo.com/futebol/selecao-brasileira/noticia/2011/08/copa-rocca-brasil-x-argentina-em-setembro-sera-em-belem-diz-cbf.html. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Lista de convocados para los partidos con Chile y Venezuela". AFA. http://www.afa.org.ar/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15133:lista-de-convocados-para-el-partido-con-chile-y-venezuela&catid=164:seleccion-mayor&Itemid=66. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Although Canada and the United States played two internationals in 1885 and 1886, neither match is considered official; Canada did not play an official international until 1904 and the USA did not play one until 1916.
  17. ^ "FIFA/IFFHS: Reasons for excluding or including full A internationals (1901–1910)". IFFHS. http://www.iffhs.de/?f00b90b003e0f443e0f952bda55405fdcdc3bfcdc0aec70aeeda083c0a. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 

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